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Dark Intrigue - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

709 Ratings

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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 61
Gots: 295 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stakem on 11-25-2010)
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Photo of dogfishandi
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml cork and caged bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on NOV 10, 2011 (almost 2 years of age)

Nice appearance. Completely opaque black with a nice 3 fingers or so of beige head off the pour. Eventually fades to a thin but retentive layer. Spotty lacing.

Initially smells just a touch faded and oxidized. Also some dark chocolate, deep roasted malt, a touch of dark fruits and a little booze, but more solvent like than bourbon. A bit of oak and bourbon as it warms.

Tastes a bit oxidized, but not as much as the aroma, also the slightest bit tart. Bourbon, caramel, dark chocolate, some dark fruits. Finishes with a roasted malt/ hop bitterness. As it warms some sweet sugars and raisiny fruits come out.

Smooth and creamy with minimal carbonation. Could use a bit more body, but not bad.

Maybe this was better fresher...maybe not....

dogfishandi, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of shehateme
4/5  rDev +3.4%

shehateme, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Soto
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Soto, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BMart, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ROGUE16, Aug 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

icehawk, Aug 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

baybum, Jul 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

BA_Berto, Jul 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

TKEbeerman, Jul 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

mltobin, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of bmjivi221
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

bmjivi221, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of t_carterb
4/5  rDev +3.4%

t_carterb, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Zbeetleman, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

pathman, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of brydeen
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed as part of the Blind BIF round 8

A: Pours a deep dark brown, with just a slight bit of light creeping through the edges. A nice creamy tan colored head forms, almost an inch thick, but quickly fades, leaving just a sticky ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet aroma of molasses, candy sugar, and dark fruits. A faint roastiness is hiding behind the sweetness. On first guess this is some type of Quad, or at least an interpretation of one.

T: Bittersweet decadence right off the bat. A surprise bitterness from some hops or bittersweet chocolate, mixed with a rich sweetness. Raisins, dates, and molasses follow nose. Some sweet RIS qualities, I think I'm changing directions. A faint warming sensation from the alcohol, but not boozy. Despite being very sweet, it's oddly easy drinking.

M: Luxuriously thick and creamy. A big full-bodied brew, with just the right amount of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden extremely well, with just the faint warming finish.

O: This is a very tasty beer, although I'm not sure at all what it is. Continues to get better as it comes to room temp, and really is a sweet treat.

brydeen, Jul 11, 2013
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

WOLFGANG, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in Nov 2011

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a rather modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet leaving some squiggles of lace behind

Smell: Fudge and Bourbon, with undertones of oak

Taste: Fudge, up front, with the Bourbon developing mid-palate along with a rather harsh bitter quality from what is left of the hops; a touch of fusel alcohol appears, after the swallow, though the finish brings back the chocolate and Bourbon tones

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I was surprised to find this at Once Upon a Vine South (there is another bottle I left behind in case anybody wants it) so long after its release date; I truly expected more from Victory but having read the reviews I can now see why they retired this beer - it didn't start out great and while it may have mellowed out somewhat by now, it hasn't matured into anything to write home about either

brentk56, Jul 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

IndyDad, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

GJ40, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

JohnK17, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

kcreming, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

csparace, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

wyatt13, Jun 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

zestar, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

buckyp, Jun 14, 2013
Dark Intrigue from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 709 ratings.